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Sunday, October 25, 2020

Do You Know These Companies?


Vac-Tron is in line for an award.

What do a helicopter company, steelworks company, software company, and cleaning equipment company all have in common?

They are finalists in the first round of 2018 Florida Companies to Watch. This distinguished award is being given by GrowFL to honor 50 selected second-stage companies throughout Florida developing products and services in a noteworthy way. Second-stage companies are those that have grown past the startup stage but have not yet reached maturity.

Firehawk Helicopters; Intellisteel Group, LLC; United Efficiency Software Group; and Vac-Tron Equipment will enter a second round of selections for the award to be given at an awards ceremony on February 9, 2019 at the Straz Center for Performing Arts in Tampa, Florida.

“We applaud these first-round finalists who have shown how they stand out in their regions as innovative business leaders,” says Dr. Tom O’Neal, executive director of GrowFL.

Chosen from a candidate pool of 134 business, these finalists collectively represent $518 million in annual revenue and employ 2, 743 full-time workers. The companies are also noted for creating quality jobs, enriching their communities, and broadening new industries.

“Lake County has a strong manufacturing base producing a wide variety of products,” says Brandon Matulka, executive director of Lake County’s Agency for Economic Prosperity. “The county works diligently to support and help grow these companies. It’s exciting to see them recognized at the state level.”:

The Florida Companies to Watch awards program was developed by the Edward Lowe Foundation, intending to recognize businesses in every area of the state, not just major metropolitan areas. Selections are made in recognition of companies using different approaches to successfully scale and grow their businesses.

GrowFL is a statewide economic development organization certified by the National Center for Economic Gardening through the Edward Lowe Foundation. Learn more at

Lake County’s Agency for Economic Prosperity provides assistance and manages services for both business and visitors of Lake County. Its mission is to aggressively retain, attract and grow jobs in Lake County, in partnership with others while protecting and improving Lake County’s unique character and quality of life.